Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: MTV Books (March 17, 2009)
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO?
All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn't make it back.
John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge -- and over....Jennifer Echols has become a Go-To author when I need a sexy romance. I love her books because she always has a fabulous plot, complex characters, and a definitely sexy and romantic relationship. Her writing is smooth and fluid, the relationships are realistic and mature, and there's always just a little something extra. It's hard to describe, but Echols is able to give me the romance I crave, but there's so much more going on than the romance.
Going Too Far definitely captures all the aspects of Echols' writing that I love. In this story, we're introduced to Meg and John, two teens who seem to be on completely different ends of the teenage spectrum. Meg's a little bit of a trouble-maker. She takes risks and isn't afraid of the consequences. John is all about rules, which makes perfect sense considering he's a cop. Instead of rushing out of town to go to college when he graduated, he stayed behind to fulfill a duty he feels strongly for. One we don't completely understand until quite a way through the book. But John's not the only one hiding secrets. There's more to Meg's I don't care, live-in-the-moment attitude than she readily reveals. Part of the fun of this story is learning about these secrets.
For me, a good romance has full, realistic characters, a lot of chemistry, and a healthy back-and-forth between the characters. As nice as it is to have that instant, love-at-first-sight thing, I really enjoy reading banter. Echols creates natural friction between John and Meg that transforms into passion at a steady and believable pace. Lovely!
If you like reading romance, pick up a copy of Going Too Far. It's totally worth it. :D
Final thoughts: Buy if you like romance. If not, borrow.